Bria Hartley will miss the remainder of the WNBA season after suffering a torn ACL in her left knee, the Connecticut Sun announced Wednesday.
Hartley suffered the injury during the third quarter of Connecticut’s win Sunday over the Minnesota Lynx.
Bria Hartley will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in her left knee, the Connecticut Sun announced. pic.twitter.com/QYexqrmbQ4— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) July 27, 2022
Bria Hartley will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in her left knee, the Connecticut Sun announced. pic.twitter.com/QYexqrmbQ4
The guard had just signed a rest-of-season contract with the Sun on July 18 after being cut by the Indiana Fever. Through three games with the team, she averaged 4.6 points, 0.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
It’s Hartley’s second ACL tear in recent years, after she suffered a torn ACL in her right knee during the 2020 season while with the Phoenix Mercury. She was traded to the Indiana Fever ahead of the 2022 season.
WNBA free agent Sydney Wiese put the injury into perspective with the demands of professional women’s basketball in a Twitter thread.
“I think it’s important to talk about everything leading up to this moment,” she wrote. “She came off of an overseas season – had some aches and pains she was working through from that time.”
Hartley’s trade to Indiana then forced her to adjust to a “new home, new environment, new system,” Wiese said. And then, before Hartley could fully adjust, she was cut and signed with the Sun.
“She’s off to the races because we are demanded to perform right away, it’s our job,” Wiese continued. “So now today — she gets hurt. No contact. A step. One step and who knows what comes next. But look at what this human had to process through off the court. It translates. It’s felt. We can’t overlook the off-court weight that plays a major role in this moment.
“The women’s professional basketball world is the most cutthroat profession. That’s a fact. She went from three different team environments in a matter of months, WITH HER SON, to have a job. We don’t talk about the details off-court that play into this thing.”